Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap', opened in the West End on the 25th November 1952, which means it has been running for over 50 years making it the world's longest running play - an incredible achievement for any play and one that the producers are rightly proud of. In the course of the first 50 years, according to the programme notes, over 10 million people have seen the show and over 395 tons of ice cream have been sold!So what is the show's success? Part of it has to do with the fame of...
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Agatha Christie's legendary whodunnit still delights and thrills audiences in London's West End at the St. Martin’s Theatre. Think you've got what it takes to solve the murder mystery? The Mousetrap tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play
Agatha Christie’s record-breaking play The Mousetrap has been puzzling audiences for over 70 years as the longest-running show in the West End. Can you crack the case before it’s too late? The Mousetrap is a classic whodunnit that is a must-see for anyone visiting London who wants to see a historic piece of theatre or even if you’re just an amateur detective looking to put your skills to the test. Don’t forget to keep the murderer’s identity a secret!
What is The Mousetrap about?
The Mousetrap play follows a group of people gathered in a remote part of the countryside as they discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one, suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until, at the last nerve-shredding moment, the play finally unveils the identity and the motive. An irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere!
What makes The Mousetrap a must-see mystery play?
This suspenseful murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat as the mystery unravels, layer by layer. A cohort of talented actors will keep you guessing with twists and turns around every corner.
The "Queen of Crime,” Agatha Christie, wrote 66 novels throughout her career and was awarded a damehood for services to literature. Her books have sold billions of copies worldwide - more than any other author after The Bible. She died on 12 January 1976, aged 85. Learn more about Agatha Christe's plays in London.
She gave the rights to the stage play to her then nine-year-old grandson, Matthew Prichard. Visitors from all over the world continue to watch The Mousetrap and become part of the historic story of the show, keeping the secret of the plot with them.
Peter Saunders originally produced The Mousetrap play. He handed over responsibility for the show in 1994 to Mousetrap Productions, under the management of Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen. Discover what London was like when The Mousetrap premiered in 1952.
Is The Mousetrap still running?
The Mousetrap is the longest-running play of all time. The original production opened across the road at the Ambassadors Theatre on 25 November 1952. Since then, The Mousetrap is now translated into 27 different languages in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Mousetrap then moved across the road to St. Martin's Theatre in 1974, where it's played ever since.
Tickets to The Mousetrap in London are available now
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2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval
October 6th, 1952
Recommended age: 7+. Children under school age will not be permitted entry. Under 16yo must be accompanied by an adult. All children must have their own ticket.
Cast and creative
By: Agatha Christie
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: Mousetrap Productions
Cast list: Madeleine Leslay, Ben Cutler, Gwithian Evans, Josephine Lloyd Welcome, Steve Fortune, Felicity Cant, Stephen Matthews, Jack Elliot Costume: Janet Hudson Holt
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If you asked your friends and family to name a West End play, at least one person will probably mention The Mousetrap. The record-breaking West End hit is the world's longest-running production, with over 28,000 performances. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap premiered at London's Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, before moving over the road to the St Martin's Theatre in 1974. While there’s still a 1950s charm to The Mousetrap — set pieces and sound effects date back to the first performance in...
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